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Let's design a Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey theme for the site!

Here is the reason we might want to do this, We could graduate tomorrow and still not get a theme in the next two years. If you don't believe me, check the list of the latest sites to have ...
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What is a reasonable acceptance rate for answers and on what do you base your estimate?

"Reasonable" is of course highly subjective. But even granting that, there must be a range of acceptance rates that most users would agree is reasonable. For example, I have asked 64 questions and ...
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Please consider upvoting the questions you answer

This is something I have noticed recently, where a question will have more answers than upvotes, and it seems a little unfair because if there were no questions, there would be nothing to answer. I ...
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March 2018 tag rename requests

Update: The reason I am asking for this is because it's much easier and less irritating all around if the mods do the tag merges. If I were to manually retag the equipment-care to gear-care it ...
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Do we need a tag covering paragliding and similar sports?

We have a strange dearth of questions on paragliding, sky diving, and base-jumping, and hence no tag that I could find. I don't think it makes sense to have a tag for each of these and possible ...
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Changing water-purification to water-treatment

The term "purification" has specific connotations which implies that there will be no remaining contamination. In the great outdoors as well domestically, we never really purify water, we treat it in ...
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I thought I had adequately explained why my question was not a duplicate

I asked this question Should one store a tent loose for prolonged periods between uses to maximize its lifetime?. The first version of my question was, indeed, a duplicate of What is the best way to ...
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Can anyone edit a question that's been put on hold as off-topic or unclear?

Can anyone edit a question that's on-hold, or only the person who asked it? I'll use a specific question as an example: This question was asked on March 29, 2016. To paraphrase, the post was about ...
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Adding a topic for software/application advice

I recently asked a question, and was denied, because it was off topic: What are the key features to look for in mobile device apps for hiking/camping?. Can we add a topic, or update the policy to ...
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Do we allow to have a tag named after a particular place?

I am preparing for two Expeditions in Himalays, one of them is simpler, late this year, and the other which is probably a tough one in the next year around August. Regarding both the places I seek ...
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Poll on tag synonyms: naming, nomenclature and terminology

The below is a personal proposal, this is nothing official. So I do not hold any authority over what I describe below and am merely asking you to follow along - obviously nobody has to. Edits are ...
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Is primarily opinion based a valid close reason for TGO?

From a discussion on another thread: here Is the close reason Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost ...
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Organize rock climbing and other climbing questions better by banning “climbing” tag

Note I'm lifting the discussion here but making a concrete proposal. That discussion is also very old but no action step was taken so I believe a clean "feature request" question is better. My ...
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How can we drive more questions on the site?

We are currently in the needs work section on Area 51. We were at a pretty healthy rate right away but this number is slowly dropping and needs to be improved if the site is to keep up its current ...
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Should we be using geographic tags more often?

When and how often should geographic tags such as united-states & uk be used?
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Make [abseiling] a synonym of [rappelling], not [abseil]

Currently, people are voting to make abseil a synonym of rappelling. This is file, but it doesn't appear that anyone has suggested a synonym of abseiling into rappelling. I have not got enough rep to ...
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Making Law a synonym of Legality

Update: I merged the Law tag into Legality. legality has 32 questions, law 2. The tag wiki for legality is The legalities associated with aspects of the outdoors. Ask questions using this tag if ...
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Would we want to do the work to get advertisements for outdoors on the other SE sites?

I had thought that ads would have to wait until we get out of beta, but it looks like Writers has had them for a while now and they still have a ways to go. This would not be the actual process of ...
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Flagging short questions

Who is flagging all the short questions of odddeer. They are short but imo not bad questions at all. And he seems to be mainly interested in arching and brings good value/traffic to the page. If so, ...
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Need to start looking at flagging?

As we all can see, we've got new users who are looking active. Signs are good and vivid with good questions being asked by many new as well as few long-time-here users. That said, the few of the posts ...
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Gradual raise in activity since Early August till the Present date at Great outdoors

I have been on this site for mere 3 months now. Over the time I have observed a gradual raise in activity here at Great Outdoors. Feels very happy it being this way. Just curious to know how have we ...
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Wiki entries could do with a little attention

I think we could do with some more people taking an interest in writing wiki entries. We've got quite a list of tags without wiki's. You also get rep for writing approved wiki's so it's a good way to ...
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Could we get something like the worldbuilding hard-science tag?

On the worldbuilding stack site there is a tag called hard-science. When this tag is used, it generates the following text. This question asks for hard science. All answers to this question ...
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What should the human-factors tag be used for or should it be used at all?

Update: I burned the tag. It didn't seemed to be used much and of the few times it was used about half were done incorrectly as for my guess of what it was meant to be used for. As no one seemed to ...
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Should we revisit or enforce that pistols are off topic?

We have some few (open) questions about pistols and recently a debate on whether it is on-topic came up in What is the difference between single and double action revolvers?. There are two relevant ...
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We've got a number of open questions asking for “the best XYZ” or the “most effective system of ABC”

Something that has been concerning me the past few days as I've watch The Great Outdoors take off is the sprouting up of all kinds of questions asking for recommendations of "the best knife" or "the ...
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Let's fill out the on-topic page

I just VTC'd a recommendation question using custom text (the only other option was "price shopping" and it wasn't exactly that). The OP replied that they had checked the help pages and didn't see ...
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What are the signs that a Question should be closed because the answers will be opinion-based?

Sites on SE understandably vary in their tolerance for opinion based questions (OBQ). Although I am not a member of the Physics SE, I imagine it is very intolerant of OBQs unless they are about the ...
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Tags for the European long distance trails

We have a question about the E1 and a (poor) question about the E4. We might get more questions about the various European E-routes, like we already have many about the more popular American long-...
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Enough with the flood of artificial questions!

We've had a single user for a while now (a few weeks?) flooding the site with questions. These are largely about a single topic. I agree that the topic belongs here, and if these are truly questions ...
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Are there statistics on people answering their own questions right away?

Since we just had it recently brought up again about people answering their own questions immediately, I thought it would be useful to have statistics of how the self-answered questions stack up ...
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Who are the first two viewers of a new question?

Usually, very soon after I post a question, I revisit it to check that it reads right. There are always 2 views. Who are the two viewers? If I am one, who is the other one? Does it differ on the ...
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What is the point of starting an answer with TLDR?

Charlie, I'm not picking on you, although your answer prompted this question. As I understand it, TLDR is a warning that something long follows. But why is this needed? It is pretty obvious that a ...
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Asking questions and answering them immediately [duplicate]

Lately I have seen a number of questions posted on TGO that have been answered immediately by the very same person that was asking the question. The latest examples... What is a top strap on a ...
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Are questions about a particular climbing grade on topic?

It seems to me that if How to progress in rock climbing after grades v4 / 5.11+? is on topic then so is how to progress past V1, V2, ..., VN and that we are going to have a bunch of boring questions. ...
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Can we get the number of items in the review queues back?

Several months ago, SE changed the format of the stuff on the top line. I got used to the new format, except for one thing: The old format told me at a glance how many items were in each review ...
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Can we open the historical footwear question?

I just came across this question again and I think we should reopen it. We have two questions on meta here and here that say that historical questions are on topic and a number of comments on the ...
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Are questions about fictional subjects on topic on Outdoors

Referring specifically to this question The question is research for a fictional world that has technology in line with that of medieval times. Many believe it is on topic, as its been decided though ...
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Should a question be tagged with both the narrow and the broad tags in the same category?

Sometimes we will have both broad and narrow tags in the same category. Do we want to tag with both or just the most specific tag? For real examples, Should all of the questions with bug-...
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Would questions about historic outdoorsmanship be on-topic here?

I recently got inspired by this video by a group called Hands on History: Hiking like a Viking Essentially the group does hiking trips while carrying/wearing only items such as Viking people would ...
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I fixed my question 3 times, please suggest how to reword it

I changed my question many times, to please Rory, but it's still not good enough. He even disabled the reopen button. Please edit the question or make a suggestion. My opinion is, that he does not ...
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Tag for doing activities solo

I think that most people would agree that doing outdoor activities solo carries unique risks and can be quite different (there is also probably a portion of users whose default reaction would be don't)...
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What is the most general term for “walking up mountains and then ski them down” as a tag?

TLDR: Please write the most common/general/appropriate term (to be used as a tag) for the activity described below in an answer. There is this one outdoorsy activity that we had some questions on, ...
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Why was my question about the arrowhead closed as opinion based?

I just asked this question about whether or not a rock I found is an arrowhead and it was closed as opinion based. I don't quite get that both since no one has suggested that it isn't an arrowhead ...
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Are questions regarding health issues generally off-topic?

Once again a discussion has sparked over whether a health related question should be on or off topic: How long until I develop immunity to stomach flu / travelers' disease? As comments got ...
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What do we do with lazy questions?

I have noticed a series of rather lazy questions appearing on TGO, I would say mostly from new(ish) users, some questions get put on hold and others are not. The problem is that very often these ...
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Adding specific identification tags to existing identification questions

As of right now if you want to search the questions about identifying a particular animal you can use the animal-identification to search for them. However if you wanted to look up all of the ...
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Revisiting whether identifying geological features are on topic

This meta question asks whether identifying geological features are on topic. As the votes are equally split between yes and no, and the post that started the original discussion has been reopened, I ...
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Can we make the identification tags more specific and decide on the convention?

Looking at the questions under the animal-identification and identification I think that we could be a lot more specific. There are two ways to do it, either the identify-this- convention or to ...
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Do mountain biking questions belong here

So, the title says it all. If I wanted to ask questions about mountain biking, should they be posted here or on the cycling SE?